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Amanda Gorman Selected as President-Elect Joe Biden’s Inaugural Poet

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National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman reads her work, “An American Lyric,” at the inaugural reading of Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, September 13, 2017. Photo by Shawn Miller. Today, the Presidential Inaugural Committee for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris announced that former National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman will......

New Research Suggests Alexander Hamilton Was a Slave Owner

For Jessie Serfilippi, it was an eye-opening moment. As she worked at her computer, she had to keep checking to make sure what she was seeing was real: irrefutable evidence that Alexander Hamilton—the founding father depicted by many historians and even on Broadway as an abolitionist—enslaved other humans. “I went......

The Atlantic Neptune: An Unparalleled Collection of British Nautical Charts

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Atlantic Neptune set of nautical charts covering the eastern coast of North America, ca. 1774-1800. Attributed to J. F. W. Des Barres and published under the auspices of the British Admiralty. Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division.” width=”640″ height=”930″ srcset=”https://blogs.loc.gov/maps/files/2020/08/AN-TP-705×1024.jpg 705w, https://blogs.loc.gov/maps/files/2020/08/AN-TP-207×300.jpg 207w, https://blogs.loc.gov/maps/files/2020/08/AN-TP-768×1115.jpg 768w” sizes=”(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px”/>......

Why Harriet Tubman’s Heroic Military Career Is Now Easier to Envision

On June 1 and 2, 1863, Harriet Tubman made history—again. After escaping slavery in 1849 and subsequently rescuing more than 70 other slaves during her service as an Underground Railroad conductor, she became the first woman in American history to lead a military assault. The successful Combahee Ferry Raid freed......

Literary Treasures: Audre Lorde and Marge Piercy, 1982

The following is a guest post by Brooke Biastock, who completed a month-long internship at the Library of Congress Poetry and Literature Center over the Hollins University January 2020 Term. This post is part of our “Literary Treasures” series, which highlights audio and video recordings drawn from the Library’s extensive online......

Strategies for Planning and Selecting Maps for Exhibits, Displays and Workshops

This is a guest post by Kathy Hart, Head of the Research Access and Collection Development Section in the Geography and Map Division. Libraries and museums often feature maps and related geographic content in digital and analog, large or small exhibits, displays and workshops. When considering the variety of materials......

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